Govt forms committee to probe into PIA plane crash

Govt forms committee to probe into PIA plane crash

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Islamabad: On Friday, the government established a committee of four to investigate the crash of the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) passenger plane near the Jinnah International Airport before landing.

According to a notice issued by the Aviation Division of the Cabinet Secretariat, the four-member committee will be led by Air Force Brigadier General Usman Ghani and by the wing commander Malik Muhammad Imran , Group captain Tauqeer (Tauqeer) and air traffic controller Nasir Majid (ATC Nasir Majeed) co-led.

The investigation team will immediately submit a report to the Ministry of Aviation, and the detailed report will be submitted within one month.

A spokesperson for the Sindh Ministry of Health said that after a plane crashed in Karachi in Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) and nearly 100 people on board, at least 66 people were killed and dozens were injured earlier today.

Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) aircraft was about to land when it fell between houses, causing an explosion and killing several people on the ground.

National Airlines flight PK-8303 took off from Allah Iqbal International Airport in Lahore and crashed in the Model Colony area of ​​Mariel, about 4 kilometers from the airport.

The plane stopped in a poor and crowded residential area at about 2:39 pm, known as a model colony, a narrow alley between houses destroyed by wings. Police officers wearing gas masks tried to evacuate the crowd in smoke and dust so that ambulances and firetrucks could reach the crash site.

At nightfall, the staff worked under floodlights to restore the corpses and built a portable mortuary. Mila Yusav, a spokesman for the Sindh Health Bureau, said the two passengers had miraculously survived.

Sindh News Minister Said Nasir Hussein Shah, where Karachi is located, said that at least two passengers survived.

When rescuers and residents searched the wreckage for survivors and firefighters trying to extinguish the flames, the smoke spread. An AFP reporter witnessed the charred body being loaded into an ambulance.

The Minister of the Interior, Ijaz Ahmad Shah, said that the aircraft had a technical failure and added that the pilot made a Mayday call after the aircraft lost its engine.

PIA spokesman Abdullah Hafeez said that there were 91 passengers and 7 crew members on the flight and only lost contact with air traffic control after 2.30pm (0930 GMT).

An aviation authority spokesperson said there were eight on board.

Residents near the scene said that when the plane hit the neighbors, their walls had shook before the explosion.

14-year-old witness Hassan said: “When I saw the plane leaning to the side, I came from the mosque. The sound of the engine sounded strange. The sound was too low and the walls of my house were shaking.”

Karachi resident Mudassari Ali said that he “heard a loud explosion and woke up to call for the fire brigade”.

At the time of the disaster, Pakistanis across the country were preparing to celebrate the end of Ramadan and the start of Eid al-Fitr, and many returned to their homes in cities and villages.

Emirates spokesman Abdul Sattar Khokhar said that the Airbus A320 was flying from Lahore to Karachi.

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